Byron Bears football scrimmage to get ready for the upcoming season. Photo by Jake Leif
By Jake Leif
"A new season is like unwrapping Christmas presents," Head Coach John Austinson said. "You don't know what the season will bring, but you get excited at all the possibilities of what may come."
With fall quickly approaching, athletes and nonathletes alike are quickly focusing their eyes on football. After a whole winter, spring, and summer of missing the atmosphere that comes with the sport, the football players and coaches are ready to get back out on the field. While the players look forward to the games, touchdowns, and pep fests, the coaches are looking at things from a different perspective.
"We will need to develop good line play to accompany our depth at the skill positions," Austinson said.
Even while strategy is a key part for a winning team, there is no question as to what the number one focus is for the Byron Bears. "First off, football is fun," Austinson said.
The excitement that accompanies waiting for a new season to start is no new feeling for John Austinson. Having served as Byron's head football coach since 1997, this is Austinson's 18th season hoping to push the players to be their best. While he's been doing this for nearly two decades, no season is quite like the last. He agrees that every year brings new players and new skills to the team. Whether it's improvement in past players or extreme talent in new ones, the team is ready to accept the best skill level they can find. Austinson is already making plans to make sure that this year's season goes better than ever, but he can't help sound excited for what this season has to bring.
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